Employment Region Dashboards and Profiles


The NSC has developed a range of resources which provide insights about employment conditions and the labour market in areas across Australia. 

They include:

      • Monthly Labour Market Dashboards
      • Industry Profiles
      • Recruitment Trends and Employer Needs Profiles

Monthly Labour Market Dashboard

Latest release date - August 2022

Next release date - September 2022

The monthly labour market dashboards combine a range of data sources from the National Skills Commission, the Department of Employment and Workplace Relations (DEWR) and the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) for 51 Employment Regions. National, state and territory dashboards are also provided. Note that the latest version of the dashboards use a 6-month average of original data from the Labour Force Survey for all Employment Regions. Recent analysis shows that this approach achieves the best balance between smoothing regional data volatility while allowing trends and turning points to be observed.

The dashboards include information on:

        • Key labour market indicators
        • 5-year employment time series
        • 5-year unemployment rate (%) time series
        • Largest employing industries in a region
        • jobactive caseload data for a region
        • Local Government Area unemployment rates
        • Number of internet job advertisements
        • Occupations in demand in a region

Note: from the August 2022 Labour Market Dashboard release, there has been an update to the way Internet Vacancy Index (IVI) data are calculated in the regional Labour Market Dashboards. For more details about the new IVI methodology, and information on how to interpret the data, please refer to the Labour Market Dashboard – sources and quality document on labourmarketinsights.gov.au.

The dashboards incorporate data from the following sources:

Industry Profiles

Latest release – April 2022

Next release – October 2022

The NSC industry profiles explore employment trends in 51 Australian Employment Regions and how they have changed over the past 10 years. They also examine the gender and age distribution of the workforce for each region. 

The profiles include:

    • Number of people employed
    • Largest employing industries in the region
    • Time series growth trends over 1 year, 5 years and 10 years
    • A look at youth and mature workers in different industries in the region
    • The gender split for the industries in the region


A national overview is also available. This paper provides insights into: structural change; the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment, hours worked and job vacancies; and provides the latest NSC industry employment projections over the five years to November 2026.

The profiles incorporate data from the following sources:

Recruitment Trends and Employers' Needs Profiles

Latest release – June 2022

Next release – December 2022

These profiles provide an update on recruitment activity for each of the 51 Employment Regions.

The profiles show:

  • Trends in the Internet Vacancy Index
  • The top 10 advertised jobs 
  • The top 10 most requested skills in job ads
  • Data from the Recruitment Experiences and Outlook Survey showing
    • the proportion of employers recruiting
    • difficulty in recruiting
    • reasons for recruitment (new positions or to replace staff)
    • staffing outlook
    • methods employers used to advertise their positions.

The profiles incorporate data from the following sources:


The national, state/territory and Employment Region reports are available at the following links:


        New South Wales              



       South Australia       

        Western Australia


         Northern Territory         

         Australian Capital Territory 

About the data

The following documents explain the data sources used and provide advice on how to interpret the data:

PDF document
Employment Region Labour Market Dashboards Data Sources And Quality

(414 Kb)

PDF document
Labour Market Dashboard Data Explainer

(131 Kb)

PDF document
Labour Market Data Quick Reference Guide

(197 Kb)

Contact details

For further information on the dashboards and/or profiles please contact EmploymentPathwaysAnalysis@skillscommission.gov.au 

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